Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening for Sims Legion Park

Sims Park ballfield with Rhinos logo near home plate

WHO: City of Gastonia and Gaston College

WHAT:  The City of Gastonia and Gaston College will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reveal the renovations at Sims Legion Park, the new home for the Gaston College Rhinos. The event and baseball games are free and open to the public.

WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 2022

12–1 p.m. Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

2 p.m.  Grand Opening Activities (meet the mascot, food trucks, giveaways)

3 p.m.  Rhinos Doubleheader Starts

WHERE: 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Gastonia, NC

Gaston College signed a multi-year lease with the City of Gastonia to use the facility for its Rhinos Baseball team in September 2021. In their first season of NJCAA Division II play, the Rhinos are 21-1 and are currently ranked #8 in the nation in the NJCAA poll.

About Sims Legion Stadium
Sims Park was built on land donated by Brown Wilson in memory of Lt. Albert H. Sims, a World War II veteran. Originally given to the American Legion Post 23, it is now owned by the City of Gastonia. The stadium field is dedicated to Buddy Lewis, a local legend as a Post 23 player from the 1930’s, major leaguer with the Washington Senators and longtime Post 23 supporter. The facility is used for local high school and collegiate games, as well as other sports and activities.

About Gaston College
Gaston College is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System and serves both Gaston and Lincoln counties. Gaston College started their athletic program in the Fall of 2021 with men’s basketball, baseball, softball, beach volleyball and women’s cross country. The College enrolls approximately 5,300 students each term in curriculum programs and offers over 100 fields of study to obtain a degree, diploma, or certificate. To learn more about the athletics program at Gaston College visit us at gcrhinos.com or follow us on social media by visiting linktr.ee/gastoncollege.